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The Final Mission: Preserving NASA's Apollo Sites

Lisa Westwood, Beth Laura O'Leary, and Milford Wayne Donaldson


Deep within the rugged mountains above Simi Valley and standing tall against the desert landscape of southern New Mexico lie the once-majestic rocket test stands and research facilities that helped send men to the moon for the first time in 1969. Now silent for decades, many of these abandoned structures–and countless space research, astronaut training, and manufacturing facilities that dot the American landscape–lie crumbling in ruins, failing to achieve recognition for their role in the historic Apollo missions. These sites helped refine the Saturn V rocket engines that carried Apollo 11 to ... More

Keywords: Apollo, astronaut, Archaeology, Preservation, History, Space, moon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062464
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Westwood, author
ECORP Consulting

Beth Laura O'Leary, author
New Mexico State University

Milford Wayne Donaldson, author
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation